Gary Landess, 74

Gary Bryce Landess, age 74, of Colon, passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers.

Gary was born May 20, 1935, in Chicago, a son to the late Bryce and Vera (Stackhouse) Landess.

Gary grew up in Chicago where he graduated from Kelly High School. He had spent most of his adult life in Colon. He had served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960.

On July 3, 1965, he married Ruth Thrams in Colon.

He had worked for the former Transagram Co. and Harter Co. both of Sturgis and later retired from Michigan-Indiana Power Company of Three Rivers.

Gary enjoyed Bowling, golfing, arts and crafts and especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Ruth of Colon; three sons, Tim (Cheryl) Landess of Troy, Steve Landess of Sherwood and Chris (Emily) Landess of Sturgis; four grandchildren, Sam, Allison, Shayna and Jacob Landess; two sisters, Marise Slonoff of Elk Grove, Ill., and Edna D’Ambrosio of California.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Randall and Ronald Landess and one sister, Betty Kilkenny.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, from 2-5 p.m. at the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Gary B. Landess will be Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at 11 a.m. from the funeral home with Pastor Donald Graham of the Colon United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Colon. If desired the family suggest memorials be made in memory of Gary to the Colon Rescue Squad or the Colon Community Park. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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